Home care in Nashville, TN

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  • Suite 302
  • Nashville, TN 37215

Checking in on the Elderly

August 18th, 2014

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Are you caring for an older adult who’s living in his or her own home? Perhaps you’re availing yourself of home care in Williamson County, TN for your elderly loved one, but you know that the home care worker can’t be there 24/7.

If that’s the case, you might want to consider employing a volunteer visiting program or a daily calling service, in case of a medical emergency. The last thing you want is to have your loved one at home, in need of medical attention, and helpless.

Daily calling services are readily available, free, and pretty much a must for any senior who is living at home alone. These services are also sometimes called “Are You OK?” services. The way they work is that a computer is programmed to call anyone in their database at a pre-determined time each and every day. If the senior doesn’t pick up the phone and say that they’re fine, then a designated person is called. If that person doesn’t pick up, another designated person is called, and so on down the line, until someone goes to check on the senior. If no one on the list is reachable, then the police are dispatched to the senior’s home.

Volunteer visiting programs are also used to check in on seniors. Usually they’re run by community groups or churches, and the way they work is by sending out a volunteer who will check on the senior a couple of times a week. They provide companionship in addition to safety checks. Your loved one doesn’t have to be a member of a community group or a church to benefit from the service. Although most of these services are church-based, they serve every denomination, and even seniors who have no religious affiliation at all.

If you’re not able to check in on your aging parent or other relative, you don’t have to leave them all alone and unable to fend for themselves. Senior care doesn’t have to be a full-time job when there are organizations that are able and willing to help. So before you panic and decide that there’s not going to be anyone who will look after your aging loved one if you should have to be out of town or otherwise unavailable, investigate the variety of senior check in services that are available for seniors who require in-home care in Williamson County, TN.

Topics: Senior Care